After a flurry of rumors, and one very revealing leak, Canon finally unveiled the follow up to 2010’s 60D—and there’s some really exciting tech here that video fanatics will love. Wedged carefully between the 5Ds and Rebel Ts, Canon’s new 70D comes equipped with a new 20-megapixel APS-C sensor that the company claims will help shooters get lightning quick—and precise!—continuous autofocus for video. We’ve heard that from Canon before, but this model is different.
In addition to the new sensor, Canon’s 70D comes with a new phase-detection system, known as Dual Pixel CMOS AF, that promises to produce beautifully advanced AF that’s actually fast. And it’ll focus on exactly what you need it to as well. Instead of relying on a focus hunt method, T4i style, Canon’s reworked focus algorithms produce smoother results so subjects aren’t constantly popping in and out of focus. These are all hypotheticals—Canon’s new camera has to prove its worth when it’s out of the wild.
Canon has aligned the new 70D as a successor to the 60D, but the 60D will still be available in the foreseeable future; the 7D will be as well. Other aspects of the 70D consumers will find convenient is the swiveling three-inch capacitive touchscreen and 7fps continuous shooting. Oddly, there’s no headphone jack for audio monitoring, which could be a huge omission for some. We’ll find out how the camera actually performs when it hits in September for $1,200 (body only). You can also pick it up with an 18-55mm kit lens ($1,350) and 18-135mm kit lens ($1,550).